35 member of the House GOP are urgently seeking a “fix” to the end of the DACA dilemma for more than 600,000 would-be Americans who have had years to become a citizen but that’s none of my business I guess…
They are calling on all party leaders to help enact a permanent solution for “dreamers” by the end of December; recapping how the issue has remained stagnant for too long.
Again… most have had years to become legal citizens but I guess that’s none of my business. What do I know, right?
The letter released Tuesday is co-signed by Republicans hailing from districts encompassing immigrant-rich Miami, suburban Philadelphia, New York’s Hudson Valley and rural Illinois. They include senior members of the House GOP caucus, among them Joe Barton (Tex.), Fred Upton (Mich.) and Mike Simpson (Idaho), and several from competitive swing districts, including Ryan Costello (Pa.) and Elise Stefanik (N.Y.). Many of the co-signers are members of the Main Street Caucus, a group of pro-business moderate Republicans.
But the letter writers did not endorse a specific piece of legislation or threaten to withhold support for any other legislation in a bid to resolve the issue. At least four pieces of bipartisan legislation in the House and Senate propose new laws to protect dreamers from deportation and allow them to apply for U.S. citizenship.
“This is not a threat to leadership,” one of the co-signers, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.), told reporters, adding later that “we don’t want to just pass legislation that would be popular, we want to pass legislation that would be successful.”
“We should not be using these young people’s lives as political footballs,” Newhouse said.
Another band of Republican senators on Tuesday unveiled several mostly conservative proposals to address border security issues and a way to legalize dreamers. The Secure Act would boost funding for construction of border walls and fencing; authorize hiring more Border Patrol agents; revamp the e-Verify immigration verification system; and penalize “sanctuary” cities that refuse to work with federal agencies to track, detain and deport undocumented immigrants.